Our DNA:  Our Inalienable Right
July 4, 2019

From the Declaration of Independence:

     We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The truth of our origins is in our DNA.  Our DNA is our inalienable Right…our birthright.  It exists in our cells from the time before our birth and can be found in our bones thousands of years beyond our passing.

​Therefore, it is our Creator’s intention that we are inseparable from the truth of our heritage.  It is our basic, human, inalienable Right to know the truth of our parentage and ancestry.  Our Creator has bestowed this everlasting, inalienable gift upon us.  So, the question remains: Who among us has decided that it is their place to overrule our Creator by stripping American adult adoptees of our inalienable Rights and in so doing, discriminate against us (versus. all other non-adopted persons) by denying adult adoptees access to our own Original Birth Certificates (OBCs)… and by extension our basic, human, inalienable Rights? 

Which Governors have deemed themselves so high, holy and discriminatory to re-write the natural laws of humanity, as organized by our Creator and as evidenced by our own DNA... the truth of our parentage and ancestry? (See Ch. 8 & 9: The Wall of Fame & The Wall of Shame.  Note:  Many of these laws were established prior to the time that existing Governors took office.)  


As for the corruption of the State governments and the men/women who preside over them, who continue to actively discriminate against American adult adoptees and strip us of our inalienable Rights, as well as what it is our duty to do under such circumstances, our Founding Fathers have provided for that as well, via The Declaration:

  “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Science and technology have brought to light our Creator’s intentions for mankind insofar as our inalienable Right to our own genetic heritage, via DNA testing.  How have we allowed our political leaders to continue to strip American adult adoptees of our inalienable Rights without removing them from office and/or electing their replacements who will protect our unalienable Rights?  What are you going to do about it?  After all, per our Founding Fathers and national doctrine:


     “...it is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”   


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     "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable Rights, among these are our DNA: The truth of our heritage and all that includes." ~ Geraldine Berger

I am a reunited adoptee, Mayflower descendant, Daughter of the American Revolution (Edward Byram, grandson of Ebenezer Byram, Mendham, New Jersey Founder), cousin to six American Presidents including Founding Father, John Adams, a fellow Alden descendant (Mayflower) and Thomas Jefferson, a fellow Hopkins descendant (Mayflower) who co-authored The Declaration of Independence, in a team of five.  I mention these relationships and state with confidence, based on my genealogical research and American history, that if anyone believes that they or any of this nation's Founding Fathers intended for American adult adoptees (or any American) to lose their birthright, to be stripped of their heritage (despite that adoption as we know it today was an unforeseen contingency at the time of The Declaration's publication) nothing could be further from the truth.

I believe that my aforementioned quote is implied in our Declaration of Independence by sheer virtue of the fact that we were endowed by our Creator with our DNA, which is every living being's inalienable Right and the road map to our heritage.  I also believe that they would agree and be proud to hear one of their descendants (or any American) say so.  Their sentiments, beliefs and passion are in my blood...and they are in your blood, too; We are the Americans. 

It was important to our Founding Fathers to be recognized and remembered for their part in the forming of our great nation.  They built lasting memorials to themselves and left behind detailed genealogies, diaries and national doctrines.  They knew that theirs were the backs upon which the rest of us would step to realize their dreams of liberty and freedom and they worked hard to ensure that our future would include them; this is their great legacy and ours to protect. 

The Pilgrims were warned by their minister, John Carver, that it would be their descendants, not them, who would realize their dreams of freedom of religion (our First Amendment) in addition to the likelihood of certain death either by sea, starvation or by the hands of the Native Americans; they went anyway.  They considered it "divine providence."  One hundred and fifty-six years later, when we enacted the greatest act of treason against the mother-land... our divorce papers from England... declaring ourselves a FREE nation (The Declaration of Independence) we were warned that the British were coming and that we would lose the Revolutionary War because we would be outnumbered three-to-one.  We were.  We fought anyway.  We won.   

Some of our Founding Fathers' age-old traditions included authoring and/or commissioning family genealogies, leaving behind funds to their churches to maintain stained-glass windows and/or pews bearing their family name or coat of arms, with stipulations that their names be echoed and their souls be prayed for by the congregation, in perpetuity.   

People operate from intention. These are not the actions of people who would condone any person being stripped of their heritage nor would they support the idea of remaining forever unknown to their descendants.  I believe they would find it heartbreaking, sacrilegious, abhorrent and unconstitutional, and especially so at the hands of our own government, as doing so violates the basic, human, inalienable Rights, of some American citizens.  

​Every American today has ancestors who risked everything knowing that theirs would be the backs upon which their descendants would step to realize their dreams, regardless of what boat their sailed on or what year they arrived.  It is the story of ALL of us and one of many common threads that unite us as Americans.   

If it were not for ALMA and DNA testing, I may never have known the truth of my origins.  That is a sorry thing to have to say as a New York native and American citizen (no matter the year).  Fortunately, New York State now stands with the other nine states that provide adult adoptees with unrestricted access to their OBCs.  It's about time.  Hopefully, the other 40 states will eventually pass CLEAN bills providing unrestricted access too, and in so doing, eliminate their shameful practices that discriminate against adult adoptees... and hopefully it will not take another 50 years.

“An American without a heritage-- the very idea is simply Un-American.”  ~Geraldine Berger


All people possess the inalienable Right to know the truth of their origins.  GET EMPOWERED!  Take an AncestryDNA test and contact me when your results are in.  I can help you discover the truth or your origins.  I am passionate about liberating others from the life-long pain and preoccupation of not knowing the truth of their origins.

    “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.” ~Alex Haley


© Gerri Berger, July 4, 2019

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